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February 16, 2021
Sustainability Certifications 101
The word “sustainability” seems to be everywhere these days, but what exactly does it mean?
Generally speaking, sustainability has three facets: environmental, economic and social.
Environmental sustainability focuses on responsible sourcing, production and shipping. The goal is to make long-lasting, quality products from materials that have a low carbon footprint with safe, non-to-low toxic finishes. For example, a dresser can be made from reclaimed or recycled wood. Another example is a dresser made of renewable materials such as fast-growing bamboo that easily regenerates itself.
Economic (also called ethical) sustainability focuses on the economic welfare of people. Regardless of the industry, fair wages and fair labor conditions are essential to the sustainability of the people producing the products.
Social sustainability focuses on the health and well-being of people by understanding what they need from the places they live and work.
To ensure quality control in the building and furniture industries, the following certifications programs were created to inform and assure consumers that the buildings they work and reside in, along with the products they purchase, meet the required standards.
Certifications for Commercial Buildings and Residential Projects:
(Water Street project in Tampa, FL is the world’s first Well-Certified Neighborhood Platinum project. Checkout the developments here.)
Certifications for Furniture, Lighting and Water Fixtures
Sustainable furniture is a broad definition and can be as simple as being made out of a fast-growing regenerative plant such as bamboo or it can meet rigorous standards earning internationally-recognized certifications such GREENGUARD, Cradle to Cradle, the Oeko-Tex 100 label and FSC.
The furniture industry generated $116 billion dollars in 2018. Leading manufacturers and retailers are shifting their focus to sustainable practices and responsible operations to lower their carbon footprint.
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